Former Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has landed a lucrative role providing “advice on business strategy and policy” to a leading energy efficiency company.
The senior MP, who last year introduced illegal cuts to the Feed-in Tariff scheme, was paid a golden signing-on fee of £10,000 and awarded a retainer of £3,500-a-month for eight hours work with Nationwide Energy Services.
The Lib Dem MP for Eastbourne resigned his Cabinet position in February after he was charged with perverting the course of justice following an alleged speeding ticket scam with ex-wife Vicky Pryce.
According to the House of Commons' latest Register of Members' Financial Interests, Huhne received £20,500 from Nationwide Energy Services on October 22, which comprised of a £10,000 signature fee and a retainer of £3,500-a-month payable in advance for October, November and December for an estimated eight hours a month.
Swansea-based Nationwide Energy Services was established in 2005 and is part of the Save Britain Money Group of companies. The group employs over 600 people in its call centre and 1,000 field-based workers
The company claims it is “dedicated to helping home-owners and businesses claim the government grants available to make energy efficient upgrades to their properties. We aim to educate our customers about the benefits of green, renewable energy, help them to reduce their carbon footprint and in turn save money.”
The company has a reputation for cold-calling potential customers and door-to-door selling and accesses Government grants and funding on consumers behalf' to finance energy efficiency measures and upgrades.
Mr Huhne had cleared his money-spinning consultancy with the Whitehall advisory committee that guards against possible conflicts of interest between the public and private sector.